For some people, luxury comes in the form of a glitzy resort. For me and my boyfriend, it can be a simple bungalow that is in harmony with nature. This is exactly how I define Anonang Cloud 9, Samal. What we had in this special place was an unadulterated luxury.
Anonang Cloud 9 is a vacation rental in Samal Island with a stunning backdrop of Davao Gulf and Malipano Island (Pearl farm). When skies are clear, you can also get a glimpse of the majestic panorama of Mt. Apo from there.
The bungalow where we stayed at is perched upon a cliff. It is not by the beach but it didn’t matter to us.
This place is quite hidden around Brgy. Kaputian and could be tricky to go find. Good thing, the owner guided us from the main street when we arrived.
At night, the city lights of Davao City twinkling from afar makes the atmosphere so romantic. We would normally light up candles by the balcony and set up dinner there.
If you will be exploring Samal Island from there, it is best if you have wheels as it is a bit remote. They have a motorcycle for rent in case you need one.
Book this place if you want to meditate, do yoga, unwind, finish a book or even write a book. Commune with nature as this place has no WIFI and is free from distraction.
The house is nothing fancy but it is clean and comfortable. You have to bear in mind that it is not a resort but a budget vacation rental. It is simple but it got all that we needed: a grog hammock, daybed for reading, a kitchen with stove and ref, shower, clothes rack and shelves, clothesline, desks.
Aside from the majestic setting, another big draw for us is the sense of adventure that Anonang Cloud 9 offers. You can roam and wander around the green foliage that surrounds the area. As for us, we followed the walking trail that leads to the nearby village and ended up friends with a bunch of kids who sort of became our guides.
On certain mornings, we would go monkey watching by the balcony. The resident monkeys normally hang out near the house or hang by the trees. Unlike some monkeys at touristy places in Southeast Asia, the monkeys here are not sneaky at all and won’t come near you but you can still throw some fruits for them to eat.
When we stumbled upon this special property through Airbnb.com, Anonang Cloud 9, Cottage 1, we didn’t really expect that we will fall in love with this place and stay there twice. We just paid 1,500 pesos per night at that time. Considering the experience that we had, it was the best deal we have ever had.